Archive for February, 2010

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Get Their “Mojo” Back; Celebrate With New Tour

Posted in general with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2010 by thirteenburn

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced the upcoming release of Mojo, their first album in eight years since The Last DJ, released back in 2002. The new album will be hit record stores this Spring, with their North American Tour following close behind.      

According to, the Heartbreakers will hit the road on May 6th in Raleigh, North Carolina and end August 27th in Sarasota Springs, New York.      

Here is the complete list of tour dates:

May 6: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek)*
May 7: Charlotte, N.C (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)*
May 9: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)*
May 15: Dallas, Tex. ( Center)*
May 16: Houston, Tex. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)*
May 18: Phoenix, Ariz. (US Airways Arena)*
May 22: Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)*
Jun 2: San Diego, Calif. (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)*
Jun 3: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)*
Jun 5: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Pavilion)*
Jun 8: Vancouver, BC (GM Place)*
Jun 11: Seattle, Wash. (The Gorge)*
Jun 12: Seattle, Wash. (The Gorge)*
Jun 15: Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)*
Jun 16: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)*
Jun 19: Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)*
Jun 22: St Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)**
Jun 23: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)**
Jun 25: Milwaukee, Wis. (Summerfest)***
Jul 10: Indianapolis, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)**
Jul 13: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)**
Jul 15: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center)**
Jul 17: Chicago, Ill. (United Center)**
Jul 20: Cleveland, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)**
Jul 22: Detroit, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)**
Jul 24: Pittsburgh, Pa. (First Niagra Pavilion)**
Jul 28: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Jul 31: Philadelphia, Pa. (Wachovia Center)
Aug 11: Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)****
Aug 12: Nashville, Tenn. (Sommet Center)****
Aug 14: Darien Lake, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)****
Aug 15: Bristow, Vt. (Jiffy Lube Live)****
Aug 17: Hartford, Conn. (Comcast Theater)****
Aug 19: Boston, Mass. (Comcast Center)*****
Aug 21: Boston, Mass. (Comcast Center)*****
Aug 24: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)*****
Aug 25: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Center)****
Aug 27: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)****


Opening along the way for The Heartbreakers during their upcoming road trip will be *Joe Cocker; **Drive-by Truckers; ***ZZ Top; ****Crosby, Stills & Nash and *****My Morning Jacket (tour legend via billboard


Year Of The Iggy

Posted in general, interview with tags , , on February 24, 2010 by thirteenburn

In light of the timeless Mr. James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, (thus saving an induction ceremony that would have been an otherwise abject failure), as well as a brand-spanking new box set commemorating the equally timeless Raw Power due out this year, has an interview with the great one.


Yet Another Example…

Posted in opinion, recording industry with tags , , on February 24, 2010 by thirteenburn

Those fine folks over at have posted an article that again defines the abject stupidity in which the music industry views the internet as “evil”, say nothing of the fact that it also exemplifies just how little control bands have over their own content.

“And yet the music industry STILL can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt…” — me

Bobby Shew On Buddy Rich

Posted in band du Jour, general with tags , , , , on February 24, 2010 by thirteenburn

For those of you who are fans of Jazz drummer extraordinaire Buddy Rich, the excellent Jazz oriented website JazzWax has posted an excellent interview with trumpeter Bobby Shew, who played in Rich’s band during the mid-60’s when, at 48 years of age, Buddy Rich started an honest-to-God, hard-swinging Jazz band and gives an interesting insight to what was going on during that time.


Art Tatum – Piano Starts Here

Posted in opinion, review with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by thirteenburn

I just picked up a copy of Art Tatum’s Piano Starts Here, and although I remember hearing it whenever my dad played it, listening to it close to forty years later, I’m amazed at how fresh it still sounds today. Recently, a friend and fellow Jazz piano enthusiast has a copy in his vinyl collection and described listening to it as “challenging”. I personally can’t think of a better descriptor.

Art Tatum was a child prodigy, blessed with Perfect Pitch, and thus was self-taught. His style and speed are unsurpassed which is why Tatum is considered by the Jazz community to be the best Jazz pianist in the history of the genre. And while this could probably be debated by some, there is no disputing the fact that he most certainly changed the way piano was played when it came to Jazz itself.

There are several different variations of Piano Starts Here, with several reissues and even a live version of the album, but my personal opinion is that if you’ve not yet had the pleasure of hearing this Jazz masterpiece, I suggest getting a copy of the original 1939 version first and then go from there.

From the opening Tea For Two thru the closing Man I Love, top to bottom, this is a solid, well crafted album and in my opinion, the standard by which all Jazz piano music is to be judged by, it’s that good. But be warned, it’s not for the timid of heart, as it is challenging to listen to the first time. Your ears are not deceiving you, however. The ability and speed of Tatum’s playing is mind-blowing enough, but the ease with which he plays these 13 songs makes giving the album a second and even third listen almost mandatory, but with each listen will come nuances and phrasing you most certainly missed the first or second time around.

Piano Starts Here is a must have piece of vinyl that any self-respecting Jazz fan should own a copy of, but if at all possible and within ones budget, getting the vinyl version is far preferable over compact disc, especially if hearing it for the first time as the CD is far too sterile to do this fantastic piano masterpiece the true justice it deserves.

Tommy James & The Mob

Posted in general with tags , , , , on February 24, 2010 by thirteenburn

As I was pouring my first cup of coffee this morning, I flipped on the television to find a rather young-looking (considering his age) Tommy James on the Imus In The Morning program, promoting his new book entitled “Me, The Music, and The Mob”. Admittedly I know very little about the man so I was more than a bit curious as to how he and the mob were associated.

Tommy James & The Shondells had a string of hits back in the mid-to-late sixties, two of which made it to number one on the charts – Hanky Panky and Crimson & Clover. Other songs like Crystal Blue Persuasion, I Think We’re Alone Now, Sweet Cherry Wine, Mirage and Mony Mony all reached top ten status, the latter, successfully covered in the 80’s by Billy Idol. Little did anyone know at the time that Tommy was “mobbed up”, to coin a phrase.

Tommy, along with the first incarnation of the Shondells, covered Hanky Panky in 1963 after James had heard it while standing outside a nightclub. Originally released on Snap Records, it was somewhat successful in Michigan and Illinois, but because Snap had no national distribution, the song quickly drifted into obscurity and the band broke up.

Then completely by accident, a Pittsburg disc jockey happened to mistake the song as being a “hit” and played it one day and the calls flooded in demanding to hear it again. The DJ, Mike Metro, who was known as “Mad Mike” to his listeners, called James and asked that he come and perform the song, but due to the members of the first Shondells having moved on, they begged off and James went to Pittsburg by himself.

Long story short, he got involved with Morris Levy’s Roulette Records, made hit records, had the major labels court him only to days later refusing his phone calls (Levy had personally called each label and let them know that James was hands off in only the way the mob can do so) and the rest is history, as they say. Being as how I plan on reading the book myself, I don’t want to give a proper review until I’ve had time to digest the entire book, but suffice it to say, if you’re a music fan and/or a fan of that particular genre, this book should prove to be a page turner.


Abbey Road Studios To Be Sold?

Posted in general with tags , , on February 20, 2010 by thirteenburn

As a sign of just how bad things have gotten for the recording industry, cash-poor label EMI has put it’s ownership of the once-fabled studio of The Beatles on the market.

There is plenty of speculation as to who will purchase the fabled studio as well as what will become of it. While a museum makes sense, I would hope that it could somehow stay as it is and still be used in the manner befitting such a historical monument – both for England as well as rock ‘n’ roll itself.